Pre-Columbian, Mayan Territories, ca. 600 to 900 CE. A round, caramel-yellow stone ring with sharp, widely-spaced serrated edges. This stone is an unusual material for a knapped item (it feels harder than chert), and must have been very difficult to make as the stone does not feel favorable to knapping and likely would have wanted to fracture in unpredictable ways. Size: 4.3" W (10.9 cm)
Knapped stones are made using percussion techniques (striking them with other stones), and the process required to get them the correct shape requires training and skill. Stones carved not as weapons, but into interesting shapes, had sacrificial and ceremonial use for the Maya, and are often found as offerings in caches inside of stone monuments and other architectural features.
Provenance: Ex-Harvey Collection, acquired prior to 1972
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